This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question Hello, Fifteen years ago I was lucky enough to see Dr Sarno at The Rusk Institute. I had a complete recovery from debilitating RSI. So I know that this process works. My question is about my teenage son. After two years of running on a track team without pain he has developed calf pain. We tried physical therapy, massage, stretching. Once I saw that these did it have an effect I thought of TMS. He had initial improvement with applying the techniques during the summer. However once school started and his stress increased his symptoms have gotten worse. The pain sometimes moves from his calves to his shins. He feels the leg pain also when stressed in class and when journal writing about what is bothering him. My question is how to respond to his concern about the purpose of the pain. He feels like he needs the pain to keep himself from getting too stressed and worries that his stress at school will be too much for him if he does not have the pain as a distraction. Unfortunately we are in a very high pressure suburban public school district. Thank you in advance for your reply.